Player Profile: Nick Bonino

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Player Profile: Nick Bonino
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By AJ Manderichio
AnaheimDucks.com

With the 2013-14 season only a few months away, AnaheimDucks.com takes a look at some of the younger Ducks who will likely have expanded roles and responsibilities.

Today, we look at Nick Bonino.

Season Rewind
Despite an injury that sidelined him for 20 games, Bonino enjoyed one of his best seasons in the NHL. Appearing in his fourth NHL season, the Ducks center finished the regular season with 13 points, including five goals, which tied a career high. He also hit a career milestone, playing in his 100th career NHL game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Feb. 18.

After recording an assist in the season opener, Bonino broke out with his first career hat trick against the rival Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 2 at Honda Center. He added an assist for good measure, recording a career high four-point night.

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Bonino, who began the season on the fourth line, established himself as a top-six forward as the season progressed, and Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau often paired him with Teemu Selanne. The two developed chemistry and became a lethal one-two punch on Anaheim’s second line. He also saw time on the power play, becoming a regular on the team’s second unit.

Bonino’s impressive year reached new heights during his second career postseason. His three goals tied him for the team lead with Ryan Getzlaf, Emerson Etem and Kyle Palmieri. In fact, two of those goals served as game winners, including his dramatic Game 5 overtime goal at Honda Center.

Emerging Star
Bonino’s responsibilities only grew during the regular season. Boudreau used him in all situations, and the center saw his ice time increase by an average of three minutes during the 2012-13 campaign.

By The Numbers
55.1%, Bonino’s faceoff winning percentage during the postseason. He became one of Anaheim’s most reliable centers during the opening round, routinely taking draws at both ends of the ice, and in key moments.

Looking Forward
Bonino heads into training camp looking to cement his spot among Anaheim's top-six forwards. His point production should increase with an expanded role and an increase in ice time. If he can remain healthy for the upcoming season, look for Bonino to be one of Anaheim’s leading point producers.

Personal
Originally from Hartford, Connecticut, Bonino has spent his summer in the Northeast.  For in-season dining, he likes to grab a bite at Mastro’s Ocean Club in Newport Coast.

Nick is an active member of Twitter and you can follow his tweets here: @NickBonino

He Said It
“I get a lot of guys messing with me for this, but every goal I score I celebrate like I’ve never scored before. I honestly just get so happy, and I guess the playoffs sort of amps it up a bit. I didn’t really know where to go. I just kind of skated as fast as I could somewhere, and ended up near the glass. I like that corner, apparently. I’ve done that a couple times this year.” Bonino, on his power-play goal in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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